Kollam is an old port town which is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is well known for its rich store of cashew nut, spice and the famous Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest in Kerala. Kollam was once the capital of Venad.
Budget Hotels in Kollam
Nani hotels and resorts- (Tariff- from Rs 1500 onwards) merely 1.5 kms from bus stand.Hotel Sea Pearl (Tariff- Rs 1470) this is at a 15 minutes walking distance from Railway Station Hotel Raj residency- (Rs 1000 onwards) Walking distance from Kollam railway station
Events in Kollam
Kollam hosts a number of events throughout the year. Starting from the Kollam Pooram which is one of the most colourful ten days festivals in Kerala, it is followed by Parippalli Gajamela which is again 10 days annual festival of the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathi Temple; this is celebrated in the month of February and March. The procession is completed by decorated elephants and women in traditional attire holding lighted lamps.
The official language of Kollam is Malayalam.
Places to See in Kollam
Kollam is surrounded by a number of famous places often visited by tourists. The famous Ashtamudi backwater is well known for its picturesque beauty and is the second largest lake in Kerala. Other places to visit in Kollam includes Ashramam Picnic village, the Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Thangasseri which was once a Portuguese establishment, Kollam Beach & Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kollam is the Trivandrum Airport which has numerous direct flights to international cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain, Qatar, Sharjah and many more. It is also connected with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.
The Kollam railway station is 1 Km from City centres and is well connected to all major South Indian cities.
There are frequent buses available to Kollam from Trivandrum, Cochin and Alleppey. Get the best bus ticket booking offer on Ticketgoose.com.
A town in Kerala’s Palakkad district, Vadakkanchery is a beautiful area with numerous temples, churches and mosques. It is well connected by road as the National Highway 47 passes through this town. It got its name from two Malayalam words vadakkan, meaning northern and cheri meaning street. Some of the nearby towns are Kizhakkancherry, Kannambra, Konnanchery, Puducode, Ayakkad, Mudappallur and Manjapra.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Vadakkanchery. But you will find a number of budget hotels in Thrissur, which is 35 km away. Some of them include Ambady Kanan Resorts (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Hotel Peninsula (Tariff –Rs. 1,000) and Pearl Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
The languages spoken here are Malayalam and English.
Navratri is celebrated for 12-days in a grand manner in the town.
Places of Interest
Vadakkanchery has a number of tourist attractions in and around the town. Some of the must-visit places include Kammanthara (5 km), Mariyamman Temple, Palayam (6 km), Thiruvara (6.4 km) and St Thomas Evangelical Church (10 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from here is the Cochin International Airport, which is 78 km away.
Palakkad railway station is the major railhead that connects this place to other major destinations. Situated about 39 km from here, it is the closest to the town.
There are buses from Bangalore, Chennai and Anantapur. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators plying its buses on this route. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.